What have we done to these United States? Last year, the country elected a questionable character to be president. People knew that Donald Trump had financial ties to Middle East and rumored links to the Russian mob. Now, Democrats have exposed an administration that may be rotten to the core, as a Los Angeles Times piece wrote.
This country legitimatized Donald Trump. Then, Special Counsel Robert Mueller uncovered a net around the president filled with that “bribery, kleptocracy, electoral fraud, slush funds, legal plunder, and nepotism.”
According to the LA Times, former hedge fund manager and current global finance reformer, William Browder said:
‘How good a job is the legitimate world doing about fencing off the corrupt world rather than facilitating it? The legitimate world, and America in particular, are failing in an absolute way. (The corrupt) steal the money, commit their crimes and kill the people, and then come here in the legitimate world with the rule of law, with the property rights, and with all the protections and keep their money.’
The LA Times writer, Virginia Heffernan wrote:
‘Crooks seeking legitimacy are not fenced out in America. The U.S. is teeming with enablers champing at the bit to serve rich thugs: lawyers, lobbyists, bankers, security firms, consultants, and PR people.’
Then, the LA Times pointed its finger at Ivanka Trump:
‘Trump’s favorite child, Ivanka, who holds an indeterminate public-facing position in the White House — or in real estate, or maybe fashion. Oh, Ivanka. Her livelihood is as opaque as her full-coverage foundation, but she plays a critical role in her father’s administration — and in the broader danse macabre of corruption and legitimacy.
‘The so-called first daughter proves that “laundering” applies to more than money. She washes and gilds just about everything she touches. Consider her warehouses upon warehouses of petroleum-based separates, many of them sewn for poverty pay in sweatshops. When you call this schmatte smorgasboard the Ivanka Trump Collection it does brisk business — if not on Rodeo Drive, then in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.’
Heffernan continued with her intriguing flare for words:
‘She has the same magic touch with the multitudes of flesh-and-blood rogues who flock to her for redemption. It’s Ivanka who first brought Gen. Michael “Lied to the FBI” Flynn into the administration, according to the New Yorker; she praised him for his “amazing loyalty” and offered him his choice of positions at a transition-team meeting. One person present said, “It was like Princess Ivanka had laid the sword on Flynn’s shoulders and said, “Rise and go forth.”‘
‘The laying on of that princess sword seems to be Ivanka’s favorite pastime. In 2006, when she was 25, she toured Moscow with Felix Sater, who in 1998 pleaded guilty to a $40-million stock fraud scheme run by the Russian mafia. She also collaborated with the Soviet-born businessman Tamir Sapir, whose top aide in 2004 pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy with the Gambino crime family.’
The FBI has been investigating a development, which featured an Ivanka Trump-branded spa, where she was “point person.” Hefferman wrote:
‘When an organization exists not to build buildings but to brand them, its business is optics. And Ivanka has long window-dressed the Trump Organization’s deals. She was born to make the shoddy look cute, to legitimize corruption. And if it’s the coverup and not the crime that will ultimately bring down the Trump syndicate, Ivanka may turn out to be the point person for its demise.’
Finally, the LA Times writer ended with the Trump SoHo project. The Manhattan District Attorney, then district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s investigation into Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.’s possible use of “sales figures to defraud prospective buyers” in New York. Vance stopped after Trump’s family attorney, Marc Kasowitz visited Vance.
The big question was “Why?”
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